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By Mike Armstrong Translated by Sharon Yang

TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, FEBRUARY 2002. VOL.2 ISSUE 2

Carnegies

100, Sec. 2, AnHe Rd.
Tel: (02) 2325-4433
Hours: 11:30 am- 2 am

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It is almost guaranteed that there will be evening lines to get into this party hub on Fridays, Saturdays and Wednesday Ladies Nights. This is definitely an adult hangout and, on these nights, you can't get in without an ID that proves you are over 21.

What is it about Carnegies that makes people line up in all types of weather and wait to get in? The decor is certainly cool enough. Album covers of well-known bands are on every wall. While that's great, there must be some other draw. Oh yeah, the music. It makes you want to dance. So much so that, when the safety poles go up on the bar, people are dancing above a sea of customers, just as they do at Carnegies in Hong Kong and Singapore.

As a guy who's worked in a bar or two in my life, I've got to say, there is a lot of liquor on their wall behind the bar. It really does require a ladder to reach all the stock. With over 300 shooters on their drink menu, they need it.

Besides Ladies Nights on Wednesdays, where the women drink
champagne for free, other special times include a Happy Hour that starts at 11:30 am and continues until 9 pm, with a "Crazy Hour" between 6 and 7 pm. Rail drinks and beer go for NT$80. Their rail brands (what a bar pours for their basic drinks) are excellent--Skyy vodka, Dewar's Scotch, Jim Beam bourbon, Beefeater's gin. It sure beats what most bars pour. Plus, there are no shot glasses. If you know me, this is a big deal. It shows me the bartenders know their craft.

When I asked the general manager, Bob Marshall, what he considered the specialty of the house, he told me, "Our specialty isn't really a particular food or drink, but that the venue itself is a place that offers a good time. We're not scared to be original in our concepts. If you ask where we will be in a couple years, I'd say we'll be right here, still throwing the party."

Carnegies offers a lot of fun for those who enter and I imagine that true to Bob's words that Carnegies is here in Taipei for the long haul.

 

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